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Jan10
Leadership Style Points
A good friend of mine and respected business professional sent me an interesting email the other day. I worked with him in a successful internet business back in 1999 - 2000. Since then, he bought a small industrial business in the pacific northwest U.S. and made a lifestyle change.

After the acquisition he became the owner, the boss, the leader. His company depended on him for vision, inspiration and leadership. He was capable. I had seen him lead, inspire and provide vision. Therefore, I was surprised to get his email the other day describing the challenge he felt to transform his leadership style from a technology company to an industrial company.

He expressed his frustration at trying to motivate employees that seemed to care little about his company’s product, their career, and the Company’s future. Essentially, the band of mostly blue-collar employees he is now leading is much different than the business professionals he has managed in the past.

In his own words, “I end up being disappointed with people’s decisions rather than being surprised by what they can do…”

That is a disappointment to any leader that seeks to empower and suggests a challenging and complex problem. What advice would you give? Is there a leadership style that he can effectively employ?

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» Managing Employees When you've Bought a Business from ManagersRealm
Hal Halliday wrote about a colleague recently that had bought a business and was disappointed in the response of his employees to leadership. Here is what his colleague said: “I end up being disappointed with people’s decisions rather than... [Read More]

» Managing Employees When you've Bought a Business from ManagersRealm
Hal Halliday wrote about a colleague recently that had bought a business and was disappointed in the response of his employees to leadership. Here is what his colleague said: “I end up being disappointed with people’s decisions rather than... [Read More]

» Keep it Coming from LeaderNotes
A great example of the value of blogging and using the collective experience of a community is a post by ManagersRealm author Gary Bourgeault. Gary responded to my post about adapting leadership style and how you empower and lead employees.... [Read More]

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